Off-street Car Parking

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th February 1964.

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Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees 12:00 am, 12th February 1964

asked the Minister of Transport what further studies are being undertaken into the traffic induced by the extensive construction of off-street car parks in town centres and its relation to the capacity of existing roads and anticipated improvements, in the light of the problems discussed in the Buchanan Report.

Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey

The Joint Urban Planning Group is examining the rôle of off-street car parks in relation to urban traffic. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government and I hope to issue shortly a planning bulletin to local authorities on parking in town centres.

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

Does the Minister agree that this is absolutely crucial in any regulation of traffic in planned cities, to the extent that a complete reversal of policy may be required, especially in the inclusion of parking space in new buildings? Will he push forward this research as quickly as possible so that a formula can be decided upon which can be adhered to?

Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey

We will do this as quickly as possible, but the aim is to get an overall parking policy which comprises the restriction of on-street parking together with the provision of off-street parking, in such a way that the best use of the streets is obtained for moving traffic. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we shall press on with that as fast as we can.